Entrees/ Soups & Stews

Vietnamese Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup + Dealing With Stress

I wanted to talk about something a little different today in my blog post. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have read that I’ve been really busy recently. I have been juggling multiple things between work, some personal changes, and maintaining this blog, and it became a bit overwhelming last week. It’s never easy, and I know it’s something we can all relate to. Trying to find balance when it seems like you just can’t catch a break. So today I wanted to share a couple ways I deal with stress and work to find balance.

1. Exercise

In my opinion, there is no better stress reliever than building up a sweat. I usually oscillate between my boxing gym and yoga studio depending on what I feel like I need that week. Boxing is for when I need to work off some frustrations. And yoga is for when I think I need a little bit of peace in my life.

2. Reading

Reading is probably my favorite hobby. Snuggling on my couch underneath a blanket with a book and a hot cup of cocoa is the perfect way to spend a crisp fall morning. It also helps as a healthy escape from my everyday life. I usually read fantasy fiction books. My favorite series is the Throne of Glass series by Sarah Maas. I just love the protagonist; she is such a strong, badass girl that inspires me to be a badass. She had such an impact on me one of my tattoos is inspired by her!

3. Sleep

Okay this may seem like a obvious one, but when you’re stressed out, sleep might be the last thing on your mind. Taking some time to get a good nights sleep and recharge yourself is a must especially when you’re stressed out!

4. Talk about it

Sometimes, it’s easier to suffer alone, and I am definitely one of those people at times. But recently I read something that made me change my mind. I was reading this blog post by one of my favorite Product Designers at Facebook Julie Zhuo, and she was talking about facing your fears. She said that when you talk about the things that scare you the most they lose some of their power over you. (On a side note, if you are a big tech nerd like me, you will love her Medium posts.) And I think that applies to everything negative in your life including stress. It’s like when you are going through a break up, and you talk about it with one of your friends. Don’t you feel better afterward? It’s because some of that sadness lost it’s power over you.

5. Eat Right

You’re probably thinking wait what?! What does this have to do with stress? Well, have you ever heard that saying “You are what you eat”? It’s totally true! I know it’s really easy to inhale anything and everything when you’re stressed out, especially if you’re a stress eater like me. =P But those processed sugars and bad carbs make your body feel bleh and tired, so you end up feeling even worse than you did before. I found that when I ate better, I felt better no matter what was going on in my life. My go tos are sweet fruits like plums, peaches, and nectarines. I’m not really sure why but they make me happy when I eat them.

Chicken Noodle Soup

There are definitely many different ways to deal with stress. These are just 5. I would love to hear about how you do it. Comment below and lemme know!

Vietnamese Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup

Print Recipe
Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 3 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) of chicken broth
  • vermicelli noodles
  • 1 cup green onions (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 cup cilantro (cut into small pieces)

Instructions

1

Put the entire chicken in a large soup pan. Pour in water until it just covers the chicken. Don't put too much water in the pot because it will make the soup weak. Add in the onion and bring the soup to a boil. Scoop away any impurities that you see. Add in the salt. Lower the heat to a simmer, and simmer the soup for 2 hours.

2

After 2 hours, the chicken should be done. Remove it from the soup and let it cool for 5 minutes. Shred the chicken and put the bones back into the soup. Add in the chicken broth and continue siimmering for another 30 minutes. Your broth should be done at this point.

3

Cook your noodles in boiling water. Vermicelli noodles only need to cook for ~5 minutes once they hit the water. Taste the noodles to confirm they're done.

4

Add the noodles to a bowl with some of the shredded chicken. Add the green onions and cilantro on top. Finally, ladle the soup over the top of your noodles.

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